Disney announces new game-based movie from Futurama and Simpsons director

Disney has announced a new movie based on the world of videogames, but the premise of the film – in an effort to make you finish reading this sentence, let alone buy a ticket to the picture – isn't the standard “you like this, so here it is without any controls!” formula. Wreck-It Ralph follows the saga of the bad guy from an old-school arcade game trying to change his life; director Rich Moore describes the character as “struggling with the complex question: Isn't there more to life than the role I've been assigned? So it's like Hamlet, set in a milieu that predates its target audience by twenty-odd years? No, they can swing this!

Movies with a videogame component tend to split into two categories: flops based on specific titles, such as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Super Mario Bros and Street Fighter, and films which play with videogame themes without following the story of any one game, such as King of Kong, Spy Kids 3D or Gamer. Disney's film – whose long development time saw its previously titled Reboot Ralph, but is slated for a November 2012 release under its new title – will attempt to add to the latter, arguably better-regarded category.

Above: Ralph's director previously worked on Futurama, among others

Moore – a Simpsons and Futurama veteran – says Ralph is “unlike anything anyone's seen before,” but we’d like to hope he's just speaking press-release-ese, because surely it's actually a very familiar theme explored in a way whose entire hook rests on playing with comfortably familiar tropes of the gaming medium. Regardless, John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch will be in it – so if nothing else, game-themed movies will gain well-turned portrayals of a lovable everyman, stroppy coquette, dunderheaded hayseed and officious, possibly villainous manly-woman. Babysteps. Will you be purchasing a ticket?

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  • AirickG - June 16, 2011 3:07 p.m.

  • sh33phead - June 16, 2011 noon

    It's going to have to be pretty special to come anywhere near Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. There was a previous GR article somewhere that mentioned how it was successful without being directly linked to a specific video game (we all know Mario, Tekken etc. were awful). It's hard to feel optimistic about this Disney production, but let's not write it off until we've seen more.
  • Psylockerules - June 16, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    Boo the Simpsons, YAY Futurama!!
  • killorabbit - June 16, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    Was really expecting this article to begin with 'Good news, everyone!'
  • vogler1604 - June 16, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to it. @ NuclearXmas, calm down, what's so bad about it for that reaction?
  • gizmowizard - June 16, 2011 5:38 a.m.

    This looks awesome! I want I want!
  • Vincemaster - June 16, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    For a second there I read the headline as New Futurama Game... FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
  • Ariaka - June 16, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    I'll have to wait and see if this ends up good or bad. Currently, I'm at WTF.
  • NuclearXmas - June 16, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    Fuck this... No, seriously, fuck this...
  • danielandrade - June 16, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    @Fred Kingdom Hearts and Epic Mickey. Yes kind sir, it IS a good thing.
  • PopularBluesMagicianSandyCabbage - June 16, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    I love Futurama and the Simpsons. So much. That guy was the director, you say. Cool. That does not mean that this will turn out well. But, hey maybe it will. Life. BAM.
  • Fred1712 - June 16, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    Sounds neat. Hopefully combining 2 of my favorite things (Video games and Disney) is a good thing.

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